St. Pete Times stories
- Games as good as we needed
Once again, Americans find the Olympics captivating. Why? Because as a nation, we needed these Games, writes Gary Shelton.
- Daughter is boxer's biggest prize
U.S. boxer Deontay Wilder wins bronze, but his daughter is his biggest prize, Gary Shelton writes.
- The time for Hope and glory
Once again Hope Solo was alone. This time, the moment was golden, writes Gary Shelton.
- In losing leg, swimmer finds her dream
Warning: This is one of "those" stories of the Olympics that tugs at the heart and jerks at the tears, writes Gary Shelton.
- Cherry fourth by 0.01 in 100 hurdles
It can be a heart-breaking, gut-wrenching finish, fourth. And this fourth seemed more like a kick in the ribs than most of them.
- U.S. softball going out with a bang
There will be no softball in the 2012 Olympics, and it is an uphill battle for the sport to rejoin the Games soon after that. And still, the Americans thunder on.
- Lessons beyond medals
Alicia Sacramone learns again that Olympic lessons come beyond the medals, too, Gary Shelton writes.
- Great eighth for Phelps
Michael Phelps is aquaman, king of all that is wet, and by now, there are no pretenders to the throne, Gary Shelton writes.
- Revel in story for the ages
Dara Torres, 41, is less than a decade from her AARP card, and there have been a lot of laps around the pool. Today, she swims for an Olympic medal. Again.
- Golden moment for Liukin
With a brilliant balance beam and a solid floor exercise, Nastia Liukin edges teammate Shawn Johnson for the gold medal, writes Gary Shelton.
- Super Dan embodies Super China
The world is watching and China is showing there is something special here, writes Gary Shelton.
- Hostilities have a new front line
With Russia taking on Georgia, it's silly to think four women playing beach volleyball has anything to do with war, writes Gary Shelton.
- Phelps has taken over Olympics
Forevermore, these Games will be remembered as the Great Haul of China, Gary Shelton writes.
- Dodging bullets, bombs
Considering the territory she's covered, it's no wonder Dana Abdul-Razak is the fastest woman in Iraq, Gary Shelton writes.
- A show of strength
The U.S. men's volleyball team wouldn't let tragedy crush its spirit, writes Gary Shelton.
- Not Ghengis Khan's Great Wall anymore
Imagine the amazed look on Genghis' face today as the bicycles whizzed through the arch beneath his feet, writes Times columnist Gary Shelton.
- Once a Lost Boy, now an Olympian
Lopez Lomong, the most unlikely Olympian of all, lead the athletes of the U.S. in the opening ceremony of the Olympics, Gary Shelton writes.
- Phelps leads Games' top storylines
John Romano breaks down the athletes that matter most and the issues to watch.
- Women's soccer navigates changing times
Heading into the Beijing Games, about half the players who stood on the podium together in Greece are gone.
- Barger, Railey sail into light air
At this year's Summer Games, which start Friday, the waters off Qingdao, China, will be particularly challenging, even for veteran sailors.
- More important than ever
In the Olympics, it is not the times, not the points, not even the records that matter. What matters are the moments, those golden memories that linger long after the competition is over, Gary Shelton writes.
- Phinney finds his own cadence
Taylor Phinney is a teenager who got on his bicycle three years ago and rode all the way to the Olympics.
- Olympic berth long time coming for Cherry
Tampa's Damu Cherry overcomes a two-year steroids suspension to make the Olympic team in the 100 hurdles.
- Q/A with Nicole Haislett-Bacher
Dara Torres has no bigger backer than Nicole Haislett-Bacher and no stauncher defender against speculation that she heads to her record fifth Olympics next month with the help of steroids.
- Sprinting to greatness
Walter Dix, who helped lead the Seminoles to a third straight track championship last month, looks to medal at Beijing this summer.
- Beyond Spitzing distance
Already, at this moment, Michael Phelps is a better swimmer than Mark Spitz, Gary Shelton writes.
- At 41, Torres asks us to have faith
Dara Torres is 41 now, and she has been around the starting blocks long enough to understand the doubts.
- Romano 46th in 200 freestyle
Megan Romano, a 17-year-old swimmer from St. Petersburg, started fast in her heat in the women's 200-meter freestyle Tuesday morning at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials but faded as the race went on.
- Forget the suit. I want 'wow'
So many things are floating in the pool these days, talk of training and tapering, of technique and tradition, that it is easy to lose the point of the sport.
- Romano 55th in backstroke qualifying
Megan Romano made her debut in the U.S. Olympic trials Monday morning when she finished fourth in her heat in the 100-meter backstroke and did not advance to the final.
- Margalis at the feet of history
For all the miles he has swum, Robert Margalis always seems to be a few feet short of a spot on the team.
- Olympic hopeful faces test of timing
There are times when it feels as if a recent bout with mononucleosis has drained the energy from Megan Romano's body.
- New bodysuit wears out the competition
Swimwear manufacturer TYR filed a lawsuit against rival Speedo, claiming the swimwear giant is monopolizing the market with its LZR Racer.
- Capel takes last shot at Olympic Trials
At the relatively advanced age, for track, of 29, John Capel has a chance to qualify for the Beijing Games in the 100 and 200 meters at the U.S. track and field trials.
- UF's Calathes going Greek
Florida sophomore guard Nick Calathes was expected to arrive this weekend in Greece, where he hopes to earn a spot on its Olympic basketball team.
- Frayer looking for another chance
This could be the last shot at the Olympics for ex-Countryside star wrestler Jared Frayer. Video
- Grajales eliminated at Olympic Trials
After failing to make wait and opting to move up a class, Eric Grajales' Olympic dreams have been put on hold.
- Brandon wrestling phenom eyes Olympics
Wrestler Eric Grajales hopes his winning ways will carry him through the U.S. trials to Beijing. Video
- Romano has mononucleosis
Mononucleosis has jeopardized Megan Romano's hopes to swim in six events at the Olympic Trials in three weeks.
- U.S. roster moves
We break down which teams have picked their representatives and which ones will set their rosters during the next two months and how they'll do it.
- Tampa Bay's Olympic hopefuls
Here are athletes with connections to the Tampa Bay area who have made a team or are in the mix for selection, listed with their events and some of their recent accomplishments.
- Taormina's journey goes beyond going for broke
Sheila Taormina is trying to be the first three-sport U.S. Olympian, John Romano writes.
- Olympic numbers game seems to favor China
U.S. Olympians have nothing to fear in China. Other than, you know, the Chinese team.
- Athletes' dreams teeter among Olympic protests
Another Olympic Games is about to be held hostage by the politics of discord, John Romano writes.